Privacy-First Internet Browsers

With all that is occurring with on the Internet these days, hacks, security leaks, etc, we are frequently being asked about web browsers where your activity can't be easily tracked. Some of us have been experimenting with Brave, Maiar, and others. What we're learning is that they generally work - some better than others and are somewhat more secure than Chrome, Firebox and the like. Here's some relatively new information on one of these alternative browsers.

 Surfing the internet is something most of us take for granted, and many of us cannot imagine being without. But the ubiquity of the internet, on not only our computers, but also our smartphones and other devices, has also opened up a new wave of surveillance. The internet is rife with valuable information that governments and companies want to get hold of to know more about their citizens and people. At the same time, cybercriminals and state sponsored hackers are out in force to steal and misappropriate your data. Just like the real world, the internet can be a dangerous place with threats both seen and unseen. Thus, online privacy has become one of the biggest concerns of the generation, and it all starts with the browser you use.

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Making Your Website Stand Out

Editors Note: We are continually surprised with how poor some websites are.  Some big names do a terrible job in website design and programming.  The Computing Center has been doing website programming pretty much since the beginning of the world wide web. We generally leave the design to design professionals.  Our specialty is programming, making the "feel and flow"  work well with the "look". Here's a review of what it takes to make your website stand out and reach your intended audiences.

In a digital world with close to 2 billion websites on the internet, users have a tendency to bounce around from site to site in search of a suitable answer or solution to the problem they have or to find the information that they seek.

Did you know that the average user spends 15 seconds or less on a website? With the attention spans of viewers decreasing at an alarming rate, it is safe to say that with only 15 seconds, it’s a really good idea to know how to make your website stand out.

High bounce rates and the loss of business opportunities are a reality without a strong and unique website, especially with the large number of competitors, standing out can be a grueling task. Here at WelkinMKTG management, we’ve got experience with making our Digital Agency’s website engaging and relevant for users. We suggest that you use these tips and pointers for helping your business website stand out in a saturated market.

How to make your website stand out?

Consider the following when creating your company website:

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Where is Your Online Search Going?

Dishonest companies set up websites that look like legitimate places to get information on finding a job, joining the military, or getting government benefits. But they might not help you with any of those things. Instead, they’ll take your personal information and sell it to other companies. The companies that buy those “leads” then try to pitch you products or services you didn’t ask for.

The FTC has reached a settlement with Career Education Corporation (CEC). According to the FTC, CEC bought leads from companies that set up sites to attract people looking for things like jobs, how to join the military, and Medicaid information. All to collect people’s information. The people who responded to those sites then got calls trying to get them to enroll in CEC’s post-secondary schools.

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How to protect your "Digital Footprint"

The term "digital footprint" goes back to at least 2014. However, it's now become a popular term and it's something that everyone that uses the Internet for anything has. 

Your “digital footprint” includes all traces of your online activity, including your comments on news articles, posts on social media, and records of your online purchases.

When you know the boundaries of your digital footprint and take steps to contain it, you can help protect your identity and your reputation.

What is a digital footprint?

Every time you post something online, share content, or even when a website collects your information by installing cookies on your device, you are creating a digital trail. This includes your IP address, your login details, and other personal information that you reveal online. Information that is posted about you also gets added to your data trail.

What your digital footprint can say about you?

It’s a good idea to have a positive digital footprint. This information is your digital identity, and it could show up when someone searches for your name online.

Your online identity can influence different aspects of your life. For example, employers, schools, colleges, and law enforcement officials could use your digital footprint as a basis for character assessment.

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Website Hosting - Is The Security Adequate

The Computing Center hosts websites and has done so for over 2o years. We're defintely NOT the least expensive, our clients choose us for our security and reliability. We also offer everything that's listed in the article from the FTC. 

by Andrew Smith, Director, FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection

Your website is the online face of your business. Some companies have the in-house capability to manage their web presence. Others hire a web host to handle it for them. When launching a new business or upgrading their site, savvy business owners comparison shop for web hosting services. At the top of your shopping list should be the security features built into what you’re buying.

In our meetings with small business owners across the country, you asked for more advice on selecting a security-conscious web host. As part of our cybersecurity initiative for small business, the FTC has suggestions about what to look for and what to ask when hiring a web host.

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